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Influence of neutralization attitude in academic dishonesty among undergraduates


Chan, Ling Meng and Othman, Jamilah and D’Silva, Jeffrey Lawrence and Omar, Zoharah (2014) Influence of neutralization attitude in academic dishonesty among undergraduates. International Education Studies, 7 (6). pp. 66-73. ISSN 1913-9020; ESSN: 1913-9039


Previous literature had proposed that individuals tend to use neutralization to motivate their decisions to engage in deviant behaviors. This indicated that even though students have strong motivations not to cheat may do so anyway after employing neutralizing strategies. Hence, this study attempted to examine the role of neutralization in influencing students’ attitude towards academic dishonesty. Students tend to use neutralization technique in order to free themselves from feeling guilty in engaging academic dishonesty. Besides that, it also attempted to study the reasons behind college student academic cheating behaviors. This study employed 620 randomly selected students from six different academic institutions. Results supported that students who engaged in academic dishonesty differ significantly from those who did not engage in this deviant behaviour with respect to their tendency to neutralize cheating. Results showed that cheating and neutralization were positively correlated among students. Through the findings, it showed that the use of neutralization techniques explained why students acknowledged that cheating is wrong but still chose to do it anyway.

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Item Type: Article
Divisions: Faculty of Educational Studies
Institute for Social Science Studies
DOI Number: https://doi.org/10.5539/ies.v7n6p66
Publisher: Canadian Center of Science and Education
Keywords: Neutralization attitude; Academic dishonesty; Students
Depositing User: Nurul Ainie Mokhtar
Date Deposited: 01 Jun 2018 06:08
Last Modified: 05 Oct 2018 07:57
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